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Usain Bolt edges Justin Gatlin to win 100 meters at world championships

Usain Bolt edges Justin Gatlin to win 100 meters at world championships

After two years of uncertainty, Usain Bolt produced the biggest clutch performance of his career Sunday to beat Justin Gatlin with a lunge at the line in the 100-meter final at the world championships. Bolt was trailing for almost the entire race in the biggest showdown in the sport in years. But with gritted teeth, the two-time Olympic champion clawed back into contention and made his giant stride count to win in 9.79 seconds — .01 seconds faster than the American veteran. “A lot of people counted me out,” Bolt said. “So for me to come and win, this is a big deal.” Rising to the occasion as he always does, Bolt put a shockingly bad semifinal heat behind...

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